Quad Rugby

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 5:32pm

EL PASO - The local chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association is working to bring a high-intensity sport to El Paso for those with disabilities.

"Everybody always says what's the chance you're going to break your neck twice, but no...we're not afraid of getting hurt."

Giving legs to a sport played on two wheels.

"You would probably think that we would be afraid of knocking each other down or hitting each other with our wheelchair, but no...that's the best part."

Quadriplegic rugby... often described as hell on wheels... and popularized by a 2005 hit documentary called "Murderball."

"You're hurt and you really can't play anymore like any basketball and football and stuff like that, but it gives you an opportunity to get back to hitting something at least."

Chance Chilton... one of several members of the local chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association...is getting the ball rolling on bringing a quad rugby league to the Sun City.

"Once we get better equipment and stuff we'll be able to do more and actually go play other cities and stuff like that."
The team says the ball's in your court. the chairs needed to play this full-contact sport cost upwards of $2000.

"There's kind of like a grill that would protect the chair and yourself from too much injury."

These athletes who refuse to take their disabilities sitting down will continue practicing with their everyday chairs until they score sponsors and donations... because... that's just how they roll.

The sport originated in canada... and now... more than 30 teams play in the U.S.
If you'd like to donate to the local group... contact the Rio Grande chapter of the NSPIA.

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